This day’s dive was in the Saint Joseph River as it flows by Riverside Park in Niles, Michigan. We had cloudy skies, sprinkling snow with a slight breeze making the 28F temperature feeling considerably cooler especially on wet hands.
The water temperature was a balmy 38F and though the surface looked calm there was a significant current and having a river stick came in very handy. Depending on where you were and who was upstream the visibility averaged about 5 to 8 feet.
Of the 5 divers in the water, four went dry initially, but if your zipper in not really “closed”, semi dry is a better word and Mary Beth, our Mud Club president, went wet showing the rest of us who was the hard core diver.
We had a few shore line gawkers providing opinions on the sanity of the people in the water, surface support and a few pictures were taken by Jake, and a few treasures were found. Coffee and soup hit the spot after the dive as we discussed lessons learned at the post dive debrief. As a side note, the club’s Annual Turkey Dive is the 29th so plan on participating – wet or dry.